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Five Million Years to Earth (1967)
"Quatermass and the Pit" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Sci-Fi, Horror  |  16 February 1968 (USA)
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A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

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While digging a new subway line in London, a construction crew discovers first: a skeleton, then what they think is an old World War II German missile. Upon closer examination the "missile" appears to be not of this earth! This movie examines the age old question of how we came to be on this planet. It is surprisingly scary. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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Force more powerful than 1,000 H-Bombs unleashed to devastate earth! World in panic! Cities in flames! See more »

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£275,000 (estimated)
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Anthony Quayle was considered for the role of Professor Bernard Quatermass before Andrew Keir was cast. See more »

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At the end of the film as buildings start falling down, the debris from the buildings bounce as though they're made from Styrofoam. See more »

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Minister of Defense: You realise what you're implying? That we owe our human condition here to the intervention of insects?
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Deserted Harbour
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Still scary even today...
21 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was about 7. Although we lived in the Central region I saw this on HTV. My memory of it is there for fuzzy. I have seen it again on DVD since.

And this film is great. Unlike many Hammer films story and performance is key here. The story as often been imitated but never topped.

Its a very intelligent horror film which is something we don't get very often anymore. Or at all.

I also recently saw the original BBC TV show and that too is well worth picking up. Its just as good if not better.

This is definitely worth a watch. British cinema at its finest...


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